Mass Transit magazine has named Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) Director Ben Capelle to the annual Top 40 Under 40 list, honoring young professionals who have made significant contributions to the public transit industry.
The honorees were nominated by their peers and judged on criteria that included job commitment, industry involvement, achievement, and innovation.
“I am honored to receive this designation,” said the 28-year-old Capelle, an Ohio State University graduate. “I greatly appreciate the support I have received at CTC from the Board of Clermont County Commissioners and the staff at CTC.”
"We received many qualified nominations and could have easily extended the Top 40 list," said Mass Transit Editor Fred Jandt, in a news release. "It was challenging to narrow it down, but we are confident that this exclusive Mass Transit Top 40 Under 40 list is made up of professionals who are not only extremely deserving of this honor, we expect they will continue to play a significant role in public transportation for decades to come."
Since arriving at CTC only four-years-ago, Capelle has helped grow the bus system from 15 to 32 employees, while ridership has gone from 35,000 trips to 95,000 trips. The magazine recognized Capelle for his diligence when it comes to employee safety training; in April, CTC received the Gold Safety award for zero lost-time injuries and was awarded a Bronze Safety award for the lowest bus service collision rate in its size category.
"I am committed to doing everything I can to operate the bus system as efficiently as possible," said Capelle.
To that end, he has acquitted four hybrid busses that will result in a 40-percent increase in fuel efficiency and has the capability to reduce maintenance costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
CTC is the primary provider of public transportation in Clermont County.
Founded in 1977 as CART (Clermont Area Rural Transit), CTC has continued to evolve and now offers 4 fixed routes, in addition to its Dial-A-Ride services. CTC also provides all the funding for Metro Route 82X and some of the funding for routes 28 & 29X. To schedule a rid, contact CTC at (513) 732-7433 or visit the website www.ctc.ClermontCountyOhio.gov.